I already have two shell scripts to conveniently get on and off the net, which I call online.sh and offline.sh . Sify, my ISP, provides a graphical login program. This means that I cannot login if I don't have the X server running. Its a bad idea to have a login program in the first place, and even worse that it needs the X server. Fortunately, there are alternatives out there, and I use SuperSify instead.
So the /usr/local/bin/online.sh script is as simple as:
./ss.sh -u your_username -p xxxx -m 00:11:B6:22:BB:F7
Make sure you chmod it to deny rw permissions to other users. I would have preferred to encrypt the password, but I don't know how. (replace the mac address with whatever you mac address is. Run ifconfig to find out)
Now comes the script which checks if you're online, and connects you if you're not. It just pings google.
ping -c 1 -W 60 www.google.com
if [ "$?" = "0" ]; then
echo "You are connected"
echo "Disconnect detected at `date`, reconnecting" >> /home/akudewan/logs/keeponline.log
Unfortunately, the log file can grow too large. So there's yet another script to reset the log file every month.
mv /home/akudewan/logs/keeponline.log /home/akudewan/logs/keeponline.log.0
Needless to say, this is a very dirty fix, so you can skip the log file altogether if you wish.
Now we need to run two shellscripts as cron jobs - keeponline.sh and resetlog.sh.
Run the command:
This will edit/create a crontab file for the user you're logged in as.
Add the following lines to this file:
# m h dom mon dow command
0,10,20,30,40,50 * * * * /usr/local/bin/keeponline.sh 1> /dev/null
* * 1 * * /usr/local/bin/resetlog.sh
This means that keeponline.sh will be run every 10 minutes, and resetlog.sh will be run on the 1st of every month.
(Run crontab -l to see your crontab)
Thats it! Now my ISP can't kick me off for more than 11 minutes :)